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Source: Tom’s of Maine

My name is Ashlee and I am a sweater. I sweat in the winter, I sweat in the summer and I sweat when I’m nervous. Sometimes, I sweat in my sleep. Everyone has their cross to bear, mine happens to be sweaty which means despite the many claims that deodorant is harmful, I need to wear it or bring a floaty to ride the perspiration river.

So, what’s the alternative? Some people are lucky enough to ditch deodorant completely but for the rest of us in the real world, there are a host of safer options. I selected Tom’s of Maine’s Naturally Dry (if you couldn’t tell by the above photo).

Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry antiperspirant sticks provide clinically proven 24-hour wetness and odor protection made entirely from ingredients derived from plants and minerals that meet our stewardship model for safe, effective and natural. Naturally Dry AP contains a wetness protection ingredient made from recycled aluminum (which was originally derived from natural mineral bauxite ore). The product also contains anti-microbial olive leaf extract, 100% natural fragrance and is free of artificial preservatives and animal ingredients, just like all our products.

So far, so good. I haven’t experienced sweaty pits; despite, only using it for a week or so. Also, this deodorant is half the price of what I usually pay for deodorant. In contrast, this deodorant is probably not at the top of a tree hugger’s list but if it’s good enough to be sold at Whole Foods, it’s good enough for me.

Whew, who knew deodorant was so important? For more information, ingredients and reviews, visit Tom’s of Maine. Read and share my previous post: The Story of My First & Last Canoe Trip




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I had spare change in my piggy bank so I decided to treat myself to a facial and waxing. Removing the industrial hair from my face has become a pain, I’m out of facial masks, and my skin has been a bit blah lately. So, I got the Lip, Chin & Side Wax ($26 and self-explanatory) and Dermalogica Skin Treatment ($57):

60-minute personalized treatment includes deep cleansing, exfoliation and intense hydration. Designed for all skin conditions including aging, acne and sensitive skin.

I’m so glad I got the wax because I had a few ingrown hairs that had to be removed and a few pimples that had to be extracted. Painful! Other than that, there were no pressing issues so the esthetician decided to use products from the UltraCalming Kit. Of course, she suggested I switch to this system as well.

This kit for sensitized skin contains products to help relieve itching, redness, and reactive skin flare-ups associated with sensitive and sensitized skin.Ultra calming Kit Includes:

UltraCalming Cleanser: Gentle cleansing cream (1.7 oz.)

UltraCalming Mist: Soothing, cooling spritz (1.7 oz.)

UltraCalming Serum Concentrate: Sensitized skin antidote (0.3 oz.)

Barrier Repair: Shielding, protective moisturizer (0.3 oz.)

This kit retails for 40 bucks and according to the esthetician, it can last up to 2 months. I still don’t know if I would be paying more than I usually pay for skincare but willing to give it a try… eventually.

The morning after my skin was a lot calmer, the inflamed areas were flat. I’ve already been scheduled for another facial and wax in a month. Looks like I’m going to have to forgo something to afford this luxury. Maybe I could drive for Uber for an hour. Forgo groceries for the boys (Husband and Little Brother), they can afford to shed a few pounds. Maybe I could teach twerking classes, a lot of you guys need the help. Anyway, shop UltraCalming here. Get $10 off at Ulta when you join Ulta’s Ultimate Rewards Program. If you are interested in 10 bucks off your facial, email me. For whatever reason, there is no link *shoulder shrug*

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Gather around kids, let’s talk about something we shouldn’t have to talk about but apparently we have to talk about. Saturday, Jezebel shared an old article on their Facebook page entitled “Do You Wash Your Legs?” I was flabbergasted! Bewildered! Stupefied! My brain could not process the question or worse, the answer! This diabolical question was prompted by an ongoing joke on a show I’ve never heard of: “You’re the Worst.” Apparently, one of the characters found out his girlfriend doesn’t wash her legs. Water and soap already rolls down legs so why bother? And this isn’t just theoretical, the author agreed with this logic *moment of silence to vomit*

Below, are the results from their poll as of yesterday (around noon).

Bruh, almost half of the women who took this poll DO NOT WASH THEIR LEGS! And, Jezebel’s comment section was worse. There was a host of excuses which include but is not limited to “I have Eczema,” “it makes my skin dry,” and “I don’t feel dirty enough.” So, some of you wash your hair everyday but not your #%^** legs and feet? Why is it so important to wash your ENTIRE body?

  • Kills bacteria
  • Prevents illnesses such as the Flu
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves skin conditions
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces stress

But, did I really need to tell you why you need to wash your own body? And, you guys may not know this but I am fairly certain you stink. Oh, yes you do! You’ve grown accustomed to your 10-day old Philly Cheese Steak sizzling in the middle of Bourbon Street on a Summer day stench. You’re subjecting your family, friends and coworkers to this and for what? Even with my high-ass water bill, I shower everyday! Sometimes twice a day! Sometimes 3 times in 24 hours! And, I have Eczema and Hives. Showers and scrubbing is what brings me relief sometimes and when I’m done, I MOISTURIZE!

What are the boundaries? Is it face to waist? Are you even washing your va… nevermind. I’m so disappointed in you guys. You know who you are. Read and share my previous post: Peasant TV

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Lavender is a flower with a host of healing properties and is often used as aromatherapy. Other benefits include but are not limited to treating stress, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and depression, alleviates upset stomach, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, treats headaches and toothaches, restores skin, reduces acne, eczema and psoriasis, slows the aging of skin, heals burns, and treats hair loss.

Although I am slightly obsessed with lavender, I barely use it for the above reasons *shoulder shrug* So, how do I use lavender? I’m glad you asked.

After, I feel like the queen I think I am in my head. It’s like I have a spa, but at home that I can use everyday. Are you peanut butter and jelly? Do you use lavender and how? Comment below!

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Source: Perricone

Source: Perricone

It all started a few weeks ago when a friend and I got facials at Sephora (Read about my first facial at Sephora: Free Mini Facial @ Sephora) Both of us had the same complaint: dark marks. Because it was the two of us, the Sephora Skincare Consultant asked for assistance. The guy they called turned out to be an expert on all things Sephora (he was the manager that opened the store but now works for Perricone). He asked about our skincare routine, walked us through the products they would be using as well as its benefits. According to Expert Sephora Man, Perricone would work well with our current skincare products helping it to penetrate our skin opposed to product just sitting on top of our faces or whatever. Honestly, I had an instant glow and wanted everything he used on me so I asked about prices. I could tell by the description that they may be expensive. Although I was there for a free facial and serum, I was flexible. Expert Sephora Man suggested the following:

Skin Perfecting Serum $90

Hypoallergenic Gentle Firming Eye $72

No Bronzer Bronzer $35

Cold Plasma Anti-Aging Face Treatment $162

Face Finishing Moisturizer $75

2-Step Brightening System $145

That brings my hypothetical total to five hundred seventy nine mutha f****** dollars. Do you know what I can do with $579? I don’t know maybe take a cruise or weekend getaway with Husband, put a down payment on a new car or apartment, get botox or a new wardrobe, and or possibly buy a better attitude. Obviously, I got what I needed and Expert Sephora Man gave me a hefty amount of samples; specifically, Perricone’s Nutritive Cleanser.

Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser deeply purifies skin, removing all traces of makeup without stripping skin of its beneficial natural oils. It helps to improve skin’s tone and texture, minimizing surface imperfections and combating signs of aging. Skin is left fresh, bright, and perfectly prepared for treatment.

I felt pretty comfortable with what I selected and thought it was quite affordable then they told me the total. After, I saw a white light.

I’m assuming it was about 30 minutes after my death when I returned to life. I posted a question in a skincare group ran by Aprill asking why Perricone products were so expensive and if it was necessary. I don’t remember her exact words but it was along the line of them having a job to do. That job? Make a sell. After, I called Husband told him I made a grave mistake and needed his help. Basically, I needed him to go to Sephora, tell them he doesn’t allow his wife to spend that type of money on skincare and return it. He didn’t execute it well, they knew I was returning it and I can never return for the rest of my life. On the other hand, if I give it enough time they may forget my face. After all, some people think black people all look the same.

However, this experience wasn’t a total waste. Remember that sample I got? After only a few days of using it (both morning and night), I saw major changes. None of those little patches of tiny bumps, no irritation and some of those dark marks were gone. I was hooked and when I’m done with this sample, I have to buy it so could you imagine the transformation if I used the whole system? I don’t know, maybe I ought to start selling plasma. How much can I get for that? Does Sephora have layaway?


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